CHARLESTON- For the first time since 2004, the Paris Lady Tigers captured the title in the Charleston Holiday Tournament on Monday afternoon. However, the road to get to the title game was anything …
CHARLESTON- For the first time since 2004, the Paris Lady Tigers captured the title in the Charleston Holiday Tournament on Monday afternoon. However, the road to get to the title game was anything but smooth.
In the championship contest, the Lady Tigers defeated the Teutopolis Lady Wooden Shoes by the score of 44-35 in overtime. Paris improves their record to 17-0, and is one of only two teams with an undefeated mark at this point in the season in IHSA Class 2A basketball. The Wooden Shoes fall to 11-3 on the year.
Playing the first three games of the tourney without their starting point guard Jenna Gates, the Tigers plugged in a couple of younger ladies to fill that role. Trinity Tingley and Madyson Rigdon handled the majority of the ball-handling duties on Friday and the first game on Saturday before the return of the senior floor general.
On Saturday morning, the Lady Tigers squared off with the Tri-County Titans for the second time in 10 days, and the result was eerily similar. Paris jumped to a 29-18 lead at the half, and cruised from there to take a 60-42 win. Paris was led in scoring by Sarah Isaf with 18, followed by Katelyn Littleton and Madyson Rigdon with 13 each. Tingley added 11 points and Karrington Krabel had three to round out the scoring. Tayler Barry had 15 points in a losing cause for the Titans with Bella Dudley adding
13. Melia Eskew and Caroline Smith each had three, and Cailynne Phillips, Lillie Cox and Kaylenn Hunt each added two.
In the final game on Saturday evening, the Lady Tigers faced the Effingham Lady Hearts in a battle between the number 1 seed and number 2 seed from each bracket. Paris once again wasted little time in building up an early lead as they led it 15-4 at the end of the first period, then increased the lead to 33-10 at the half.
The Tigers had a more balanced scoring attack in this one with Littleton and Krabel leading the way with 11 points apiece. Isaf and Rigdon were right behind as each lady scored 10 points. Jenna Gates had six points in her return to action following a bout with the flu. Tingley added five, and Kelsie Crampton and Kendra Young had two each.
Tournament championships do not always pit the top two teams against each other for the title, but this time it worked out that way. T-Town grabbed an early lead and held onto it until the fourth quarter. After one period of play, the Lady Tigers found themselves on the short end of an 11-6 score. At the half, the Tigers shaved a couple of points off that lead, but still trailed for the first time all season at halftime 19-16.
In a low scoring second half for two teams of this caliber, Paris managed to tie things up late and actually had a couple of chances to win the game in regulation. However, neither attempt came to fruition and the two squads headed to overtime for the second time in the tournament. The Tiger defense flexed its muscle in the extra period and held the Lady Shoes to just one made field goal. On the other side, the Tigers knocked down all but one of their free throw attempts to win it by nine.
Isaf once again led the way for the Tigers with 17 points, followed closely by Rigdon with 15. Krabel added seven and Gates had five as the Tigers just had four players reach the scoring column.
The Tigers placed three players on the all-tourney team as Krabel and Rigdon were named to the squad. Earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors was Sarah Isaf in a voting decided by opposing coaches.